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 POTW: Alakazam

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PostSubject: POTW: Alakazam   Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:48 pm

ALAKAZAM






Alakazam@Focus Sash
252 SpA, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Timid|Inner Focus
~Psychic
~Grass Knot
~Taunt
~Focus Blast

Overview:
Alakazam makes a very good anti lead, with it's strong special attack stat and good movepool. Focus Blast, grass knot and psychic make very good type coverage. Taunt can prevent uxie from Thunder-Waving or any normal lead from setting up entry hazards. It's ability, inner focus prevents a flinch from ambipom and can OHKO back with focus blast.

Alakazam@Choice Specs
252 SpA, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Timid|Inner Focus
~Focus Blast
~Psychic
~Grass Knot
~Signal Beam/Shadow Ball/Trick

Overview: Alakazam holds the title for the highest Special Attack in the UU tier, so it's a no-brainer that it can utilize a Choice Specs set. Alakazam can hurt or destroy almost every threat in the UU metagame. Grass Knot can 3HKO special defensive milotic. at the least, and focus blast can 2HKO umbreon and OHKO houndoom. Trick can be used to cripple chansey. This makes alakzam a force to reckon in the UU metagame.

Alakazam@Life Orb
252 SpA, 252 Spe, 4 HP
Timid|Synchronize/Inner Focus
~Substitute
~Psychic
~Focus Blast
~Shadow Ball

Overview: Pursuit and sucker punch users like dugtrio and spiritomb can make mincemeat out of alakazam, which calls for substitute to save it. Substitute gets a choiced dugtrio or spiritomb locked into sucker punch, and also scouts for pursuits. The 3 attacks give great type coverage, not walled by anything typewise. Although chansey can give this set a bit of a problem.


Counters: Spiritomb is by far the best counter for almost every set thanks to its Psychic- and Fighting-type immunity. Spiritomb can dispose of Alakazam with Pursuit, Shadow Sneak, Dark Pulse, and Sucker Punch. To a smaller extent, Drapion and Skuntank can check Alakazam fairly well thanks to their unique typing. However, 252 HP / 252 SpD Drapion takes 44.19% - 52.03% from a Life Orb Focus Blast, so it's probably a good idea to bring him in on a predicted Psychic to avoid a possible 2HKO. Skuntank has Sucker Punch and Pursuit to keep Alakazam second guessing. On a set that doesn't utilize any form of stat-boosting move or item, Chansey is your best bet as it can use Seismic Toss until it eventually drops dead. An Alakazam who is lacking Grass Knot will have problems bypassing a Specially Defensive Milotic since it can take a hit or two and hurt Alakazam with Surf.

Team Options:
For the most part, Alakazam's partners are pretty similar on all of the sets. For the first set, Stealth Rock and Spikes are absolutely required since they helps Alakazam 2HKO Spiritomb and Chansey – two individuals who really shine as the best checks for Alakazam. However, if you're looking to take on Spiritomb with other Pokemon, Blaziken and Houndoom make exceptional partners. Blaziken can come in on Dark-type hits and strike back with Fire Blast or set up Swords Dance, while Houndoom can switch in on any move and can set up Nasty Plot or hit it with Fire Blast.
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